Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood has said Boris Johnson should order a vote of confidence in his own leadership if the Tories are hammered in next month’s election
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Boris Johnson should trigger a vote of confidence in his own leadership if the Tories are thrashed in next month’s election, a senior Conservative MP has urged.
The Prime Minister is under mounting pressure to resign after his £50 Partygate fine and claims he will face tougher penalties.
Tory insiders fear the scandal will see the party barred from voting in the May 5 local election.
Tobias Ellwood, chairman of the Commons Defense Select Committee – a longtime Johnson critic – urged the prime minister not to hide behind the “fig leaf” of the war in Ukraine.
“I hope that we will not use the war as a fig leaf to avoid these difficult issues that we absolutely must address,” he said.
“The Prime Minister has made his intentions clear – he wants to stay – but this is bigger than the Prime Minister, it’s about the reputation of the party that all colleagues have to vouch for.
“I think he owes it to the parliamentary party, once the reports are complete and the local elections have allowed public opinion to be involved, to agree to hold his own vote of confidence if those elections go badly.”
He added: “We’d like to see the UK as a beacon of democracy, a role model on the world stage, so it’s actually a worrying tipping point for me if we lose sight of those high standards, ironic as they are on the world stage.” eroded all over the world.
“Back to Ukraine, something Putin will no doubt take advantage of – how can a legislator also be a lawbreaker?
“This does not look good.”
Mr Ellwood also accused the Prime Minister of trying to distract from his partygate woes by revealing a plan to fly asylum seekers more than 4,000 miles to Rwanda for “processing”.
Mr Johnson, his wife Carrie and Chancellor Rishi Sunak were hit with partygate fines to mark the Prime Minister’s surprise birthday on June 19, 2020 in the Cabinet Room at Downing Street.
The trio have all apologized but the Prime Minister and Chancellor have refused to resign for breaking the law.
Mr Ellwood said: ‘That’s him [ Boris Johnson ] trying to make an announcement about migration today and all of this is a massive distraction.
“It’s not going away. It’s a crisis. It requires crisis management. There has to be a plan.”
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